THE LOCAL air ambulance charity has reason to be cheerful this week after successfully completing its 25,000th mission last Thursday (June 9).
The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance received a call out to Northamptonshire on Thursday night after reports that a man had suffered a medical collapse at his home in Burton Latimer.
The milestone was reached when the critical care team carried out the mission by road in the service’s new night car.
Arriving shortly before 9pm, the crew assisted the East Midlands Ambulance Service in assessing and treating the patient.
The 25,000th mission is a combined total for all call outs by Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and its sister service Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.
Director of operations, Richard Clayton, thanked supporters for their help since the charity was launched in 2003.
He added: “It’s a remarkable achievement for a service that only launched 13 years ago.
“We receive no government funding and rely on support from local communities to keep flying.”
To mark the occasion, WNAA has launched a new appeal calling for help to keep them flying – and want support from former patients.
A planned reunion of former patients is due to take place and places can be reserved by visiting theairambulanceservice.org.uk/patientstories or calling 08454 130999.